President of the All India Majlise Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and
member of parliament from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday
wanted to know from the government on what ground the DRDO
terminated the contract of
Aijaz Ahmed Mirza when
the NIA could not find any evidence against him.
The Hyderabad MP also wondered
continuation of salaries and perks to Col Prohit who is in jail
for his alleged role in the 2008 Malegaon blast.
“Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, a DRDO scientist, was released today. He was
released because NIA did not find any evidence against him. For
what reasons was his contract terminated by DRDO?", Owaisi said in
the Lok Sabha on Wednesday while participating in the debate over
the President's speech.
"He had two years
of contract. As a community, we don't have scientists. He was
wrongly implicated, he was released by NIA. I want to know from
the government what sort of secularism its practicing,” he said.
DRDO scientist Aijaz Ahmed Mirza was
arrested on terror charges but released on bail as the National
Investigation Agency did not file a charge sheet against him.
Exposing the double standard of the government, he raised the
issue of regular salary being paid to terror accused Col. Purohit
who has been charge sheeted in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
“Col. Purhoit is lodged in jail in Maharashtra. The same MOD is giving him his pay and salary for
the last four years.
This was revealed not by me, it was revealed by an RTI information
filed by Purohit’s co-accused Major Ramesh Upadhyay,” said Owaisi.
In his 9-minute speech in the Lok Sabha, Asaduddin Owaisi also
blasted the claims of Congress-led UPA government regarding
welfare of minorities post-Sachar report.
Earlier, in a letter written to Defence Minister A K Antony and Karnataka
Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, Press Council of India Chief
Justice Katju had said if there was no
evidence against Mirza, he should be reinstated and given adequate
compensation, besides an open apology by central and state
"I would request you to look into this matter immediately, and if
it is true that there is no evidence against Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, he
should be reinstated forthwith on the post he was holding before
he was sacked, otherwise a wrong message will be sent throughout
the country that Muslims are terrorists and are fair game for
being persecuted and victimised by the communal forces," the PCI
Chief said in his letter.